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Offline CampingKT

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Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« on: June 01, 2013, 10:12:01 PM »
Hi camping experts just about to order a lantern want a really decent one lots of light so I can see what's going on rather than my torches that just give a tiny patch of light would be good to be able to read by it when I am camping on my own gives me something to do in the evenings (while drinking my wine!).
So is a gas lantern best? or a battery one or are they the same really.
Thanks for your help x x

I am so excited for the camping to start not too long now till New Forest!

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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 10:56:15 PM »
Hi

Not sure about gas lanterns, never used one.

But I would recommend the LED light I got from Argos whilst on the Cotswold camp.I had some work to do in the evenings and the standard camp lamp wasn't really good enough to read by for any length of time. Popped into Argos with the intention of getting an extra lamp, but picked up this LED light, for about £5, they've got a sale on at minute

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9275070.htm
 
It is flat, can be hung from roof of tent , and has 2 brightness settings. Lit up the whole tent really well. Takes 3AA batteries. Downside is no good to carry around, for late night toilet trips etc

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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 11:36:16 PM »
I would go for battery as less of a faff.

Maybe gas ones have improved but the one I had years so had a glass shade and we were worried about knocking it over all the time. We did eventually! Only used it outside and not in the tent.

I have just bought a cheap LED lantern and will see how bright it is before we go. Might get another or some thing else. Depends how bright it is, although it would be good to have one in the bedroom and one in the living area. I have some of those outdoor candles that you stick in the ground for use outside and will take a torch.

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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 12:41:51 AM »
LED lamps every time - they are available with hooks, magnets, handles, etc. and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit - rechargeable is good - ours charge on the way to site and are rarely used up by the time we go home.

Useful to have at least one lamp/torch per person.

For large groups and gatherings something a bit more powerful can help - tilly lamps are good but they run on petrol these days I think (used to be parafin).  They have the same glass issues mentioned above - also, any lamp that burns liquid/gas fuel will have a mantle and these become a little delicate when hot.
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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 02:40:44 PM »
I got two cheap (poundland!!!) lanterns about two years ago, they are fantastic and great to read by. Just beacause it is cheap doesn't mean its going to be no good.
They also have a handle so great for toilet visits too.

When I first started out I brought a wind up lantern, what a load of rubbish, its sat in the cupboard ever since, wouldn't buy another one of those again.
Not tried gas lanterns so can't comment.
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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 09:47:34 PM »
Thanks everyone so much for your advice, think I will try to get that one in Argos and might also visit poundland see if they have those lanterns as can afford one or maybe even 2 of those as well. My tent will be visable from miles away!
Also loving the garden candle idea god my camping list is growing and growing. How am I going to remember everything and get it all in the car?

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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 10:40:40 PM »
Dad has Tilley lamps and they worry me in case they get knocked over, the glass gets really hot ! I have a small lawn mower battery with an led light attached via a 12v cigarette lead that someone made for me. plus little torches.
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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2013, 09:39:58 PM »
I bought the LED light from Argos it's great thanks to Jezzy for the recommendation. Unfortunately no lanterns in Poundland and they wouldn't let me buy the enamel mugs they had some issue with them that they couldn't tell me. Did buy an instant light log looks good perfect for getting a little campfire going, a washing line with pegs, 2 disposable bbq's and 19 other items whoops!
I so need to sort out how I can attend next weekend can't wait till New Forest now! x x


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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2013, 09:53:02 PM »
Thing is, when it comes to bits and bobs that can be stashed inside other things it all comes in handy, even if someone needs to borrow something. 
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Re: Advice please, Gas Lantern or Battery one?
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2013, 10:15:48 PM »
Bits and bobs are great! and I wonder why my daughter has such a passion for little bits! and bags! x x

 

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